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Lois Helsel


Lois Deibel Helsel, 95, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida. She was a resident of The Village since 2009.

Lois was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Benjamin Helsel Jr. and is survived by two daughters, Carol Delany (Michael) of Gainesville, Fla., and Joanne Georg (Edward) of Nokesville, Va.; and two granddaughters, Lauren Belgrade (Jacob) of Gainesville, Fla., and Erin Cary (Timothy), Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Lois was born in Middletown, Pennsylvania on December 11, 1921 to John and Lola Deibel. She worked as a legal secretary before marrying Benjamin Helsel and raising their two daughters. After her husband’s retirement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, they returned to Middletown, Pa. and opened a law practice where Lois resumed her career as his legal secretary.

Lois enriched the lives of everyone she touched on her journey through this life. Lois was a woman of great strength and an even greater faith.

She was a mother and grandmother whose love and compassion knew no bounds. She taught her daughters and those who were blessed to have her in their lives many things. Most importantly, be kind to everyone; be honest but not hurtful; keep your sense of humor; and love God with all your heart.

A private service will be held in the Memorial Garden at Trinity United Methodist Church, Gainesville, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to New Beginnings Church, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, PA 17057.

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